Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence Program

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence developed the Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) program at select universities to help meet the IC's critical need for diverse personnel who possess the technological, analytic and critical language capabilities needed for the 21st Century world. In 2009, Virginia Tech was named an IC CAE university and its programs are administered by the Hume Center for National Security and Technology.

With generous philanthropic support from our flagship education partner SAIC and the members of the Academic Affiliates Program, Virginia Tech is helping develop the pipeline of qualified candidates through a targeted development of pre-collegiate outreach, national security symposiums, basic research in IC-relevant topics, curriculum development, student funding to study abroad, and internship/co-op facilitation with IC agencies, national labs, and related industries.

What is the IC CAE?

Student Expectations

There are two levels of IC CAE participation: IC CAE Associates and Hume Scholars.

 IC CAE Associates are required to:

  • Participate in at least 3 events per semester. All events posted on our Canvas site will satisfy this requirement unless stated otherwise. Examples include IC CAE speaker series, IC CAE workshops (such as intel brief writing, IC resume development, ins/outs of security clearances, etc.), IC CAE field trips, etc.;
  • Attend the annual Colloquium during the spring semester;
  • Meet with a Hume Center faculty representative at least one time per semester;
  • Maintain good academic and Honor code status while enrolled in the program;
  • Check email and the Canvas site for regular updates;
  • Provide resume to be shared in the Hume Center’s annual resume book; and
  • Keep an up-to-date listing of the internships/co-ops/jobs applied to, and report this information when requested via the NSEP Program Participant Survey;
    • Info to track includes agency/organization applied to, date, position name, result
    • If conditional job offer - anticipated start date
    • This is a critical metric for both the IC CAE program and the IC agencies and will help determine whether the program and agency visits are continued
  • Complete any additional questionnaires/annual surveys as requested to aid in gathering data and improving programming.

Hume Scholars receive financial support through the scholarship program and are required to:

  • Meet all requirements as listed for the IC CAE Associates;
  • Develop and present a research poster at the annual Colloquium; and
  • Identify a focused area of independent student research related to the IC or National Security.


Students who participate in this program will garner significant benefits to their educational and long-term career goals by:

  • Having access to our campus visitors from national agencies, labs and private companies involved in National Security work, National Security symposium speakers, and research sessions;
  • One-on-one face time with representatives of the IC to gain a better understanding of the reality of work within the IC;
  • Gaining exposure to the work of National Security and understanding the structure and function of the 16 Intelligence Community Agencies;
  • Improving critical thinking skills, communication capabilities and other core skills desired by the IC and by any employer;
  • Improving the understanding of global affairs and obtaining better awareness of different cultures and societies;
  • Assistance in resume development for pursuing Intelligence Agency co-ops, internships and full-time employment;
  • Assistance in finding and obtaining co-op/internship positions and full-time employment through the program's direct connections to the IC and related companies;
  • Paid travel abroad for those selected to the IC CAE travel abroad program.

To Apply

To apply to join the IC CAE program as an associate (rolling acceptance):  

If you have any questions about NSEP or the application process, please read the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Colleen Bartos.